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3/18/07 4:22pm - Original Message: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Gresham, OR - USA

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Hubby thinks I need to learn how to drive a manual transmission.  His Mustang is manual.  Occasionally I've wanted to move it when he's not home but can't.  That's about the only time it's been an inconvenience.  He also thinks the kids need to learn to drive a manual transmission first.  I think they should start on an automatic. 

Of course, if he ever does buy a boy Vette, I WILL learn to drive it!  Can't have a Vette in the garage that I can't drive!  That just wouldn't do!!!

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3/18/07 4:29pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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here in the uk there are 2 licences,auto= can only drive autos.
manual licences= can drive manuals+autos.
we do have alot more manual cars here though.
so its a bit silly to just tie yourself to just auto.


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3/18/07 10:07pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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I think that once you learn to do it you will love it. It really allows you to get everything out of the car's performance. I love my 75 but hate that it has an auto. My next one will definitely be manual tranny. Give it a try...let us know how it goes.
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3/18/07 10:21pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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OMG, Karen!! ShockedShocked You don't know how to drive a manual?? Shocked Man, you are really missin' out on a lot of FUN! Big%20smile  Once you drive a 4 speed and get used to it you will wonder why you EVER drove an AUTOMATICTRUST ME on this.........seriously!  Wink  Once you learn, you will want a manual Vette.  Then, you can ask your husband to buy you another Vette, but it must be a manual. Evil%20Smile   1 + 1 = 2............get the picture?? Wink Heee......heee.....heee! LOLLOLLOL Every lady should at least have 2 Vettes!! Thumbs%20UpThumbs%20Up Oh Yeah! Star

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3/18/07 10:25pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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Micki,
Is poop-on a 4speed?
Scott


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3/18/07 10:30pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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DEFINITELY...!!!  I feel more connected to a vehicle with a manual transmission.  I get bored driving an automatic.  It isn't hard to learn, just takes a little practice and you'll be HOOKED...!!!
 
Even if you don't drive a manual every day just having the knowledge may save the day for you sometime.  And having the kids learn on a manual forces them to focus on driving and everything else going on in the car becomes secondary.


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3/18/07 10:34pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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I wouldn't have it any other way!  Of course she's a 4 speed. Approve  The C5 is a 6 speed (mine too).  I prefer the 4 speed. Big%20smile But the best part is I bought them and both are in my name. Big%20smileWink

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3/18/07 10:37pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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3/19/07 8:32am - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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Yes - you should know how to drive a manual.  Besides, what a better opportunity to learn than on  a car that doesn't matter, like a Rustang!
 
It took a long time to find, but one requirement that I was not going to give on was that my Vette had to be a four speed.  I agree with everyone else, once you do it, you will be glad you did.  In heavy traffic is about the only place I ever regret it.
 
Plus, what happens when you find that new Vette purchase opportunity and it's a manual and you can't drive it??! 
 
It's a lot less difficult than some people make it out to be.


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3/19/07 8:41am - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Everybody should know how to drive a stick,I drive a 10 speed every day,ats why the Baby's an automatic,I would like to change her over thoughLOL

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3/19/07 9:35am - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Leavenworth, KS - USA

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MM Red 1971 T-top,LS5,4-speed, black leather C5 seats, Hooker sidepipes. Previous: 64 Coupe, 65 Roadster L76 / N14

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Sorry, folks, but my .02.  I wouldn't own a Vette with an automatic.  Seriously.  End of subject. Big%20smile

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3/19/07 10:11am - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Hot Springs, AR - USA

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69 Conv #'s Match 427, TKO-600, 3.36HD-Posi, T/T, PS, PB, PW, SP, Lthr, Comp Mag 270 & Pro Rlr Rockers, Edel Air-Gap RPM, BG SD 750 MS, MSD 6AL+Tach Dist+ Blaster SS+Wires, Hly Bl Fuel Pump, K&N, Jet-Hot Hkr Side-Pipes,Steeroids, Al Rad, Spal Fans

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[QUOTE=sundevil74]Sorry, folks, but my .02.  I wouldn't own a Vette with an automatic.  Seriously.  End of subject. Big%20smile[/QUOTE]
 
I wholeheartedly agree!!
 
A stick is much more fun to drive.


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3/19/07 10:33am - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Sebago Lake, ME - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather. -1978 Pace Car L82 4spd (M21) 20k miles.

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I'm still shopping around and have been kinda leaning towards a manual. It looks like this topic has helped me put the cat in the bag.
4 speed it will be.Approve
Unless of course I find that totally stunning low mileage deal of a lifetime just around the corner that happens to be an automatic.LOL 
Thanks everyone.
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3/19/07 11:35am - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Riverhead, NY - USA

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1981 Cream exterior, camel interior. Looks great, runs good.

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It's good to know how to drive a manual. Years ago when I lived in Georgia I had to buy a manual because I couldn't find a used automatic. Had to learn or walk. Came in handy when I moved back to NY and rented a manual truck. But when it comes to the vette I don't lean one way or the other. Vettes rule anyway!Wink
 
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3/19/07 12:09pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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1981 - 59 Beige over Cinnebar leather. Edlebrock top end, 2200 stall w/shift kit, 3:55s, Mufflex maniback exhaust, nice stereo, 16 in AREs w/BFGs

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Yep, manual.  My 1st new car, I was living at home and driving to college 100miles a day.  I bought a 1980 Toyota with an automatic.  My dad called the dealer and said, order a stick.  I pick the car up and IM like wtf?  Bottom line, smartest move the man ever made for me.  Keep in mind Dad has a C5 and he's 70..
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3/19/07 12:36pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Klamath Falls, OR - USA

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74 coupe 4 speed 350, 54K actual miles, all original; paint, interior, engine, split bumper. #'s match. 2nd owner, no stress cracks.

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yes yes yes, learn to use a manual tranny.  Once you learn, you will really enjoy it.  It is not that hard to learn.  It adds to the experience and fun of driving a vette......

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3/19/07 2:16pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Eastern Oklahoma County, OK - USA

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1980 Black L48 T-Tops

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I learned on a late '60's Volkswagen Station Wagon (almost killed a horse and rider) but I am VERY glad my Granddad made me do it! 

In 1994 a close friend of mine bought a new Mustang at the Ferd place, called me and asked me to come over to the dealership.  Another friend of ours took me over and it was a good thing.  This guy bought a stick because he wanted red and that was all they had, but he couldn't get it homeRolling%20On%20The%20Floor%20Laughing

I drove it home for him and began driving lessons.  Now he's hooked.  Hasn't owned an auto since!


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3/19/07 2:40pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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San Pedro, CA - USA

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1971, LT-1, T-top, 4-speed (M21), Mulsanne Blue, 3.70 rear, mostly original (sidepipes). 2006, Daytona Sunset Orange Coupe.

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It's about time you learned to shift for yourself.LOL
(unless you live in SoCal, and drive on the 405 at rush hour, it's a blast)


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3/19/07 2:56pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Gresham, OR - USA

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1977 Maroon T-Top

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Well, it appears there is a unanimous vote for "yes, learn!"  Isn't there someone out there who thinks the car ought to shift itself?!?!?! 
 
So, assuming I learn, the next question is, should my husband teach me?  He says he will, but I'm thinkin we could end up divorced if he tries.  What about the transmission on the Pony car...Any chance I could end up trashing it???? 
 
 


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3/19/07 3:49pm - Reply: 'Should I learn to drive a manual transmission???'
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Sebago Lake, ME - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather. -1978 Pace Car L82 4spd (M21) 20k miles.

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Back in High School in the late 60's the driver ed car was a 3 speed on the column. "3 on the tree" is that what they called it? It was the only way to learn back then.
Tried to teach my wife on a 79 C20 4 speed pickup years later. Our young son was sitting there getting sick to his stomach and my neck hurt. Wits%20EndShe just wanted to be able to drive the truck if I took her car.
Next truck had to be an automatic.
I'm sure a car would be much easier to learn on. That old 3/4 ton clutch was heavy and gears could be hard to find.
It's like a bike, all of a sudden it clicks and you never loose it. At first you may find yourself going out of the way to avoid lights and stop signs on hills.
If you like performance cars you should go for it.
Is your husband a patient man?



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